Fever to Tell

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Some good stuff, but also much self-absorption.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Some unsettling lyrics about romantic obsession.


A few violent images.


Lots of posturing; mostly innuendo.


Just enough for a parental advisory; apparently not enough for an edited version.


Nothing to speak of.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few references to drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD may inspire a "Hey, I can do that!" reaction in teenagers, which is good. But the songs are unimpressive, with just enough gratuitous profanity for a parental advisory sticker, and not enough to bother providing an edited version.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Yeah they are self-absorbed

YYY is a good band. They have a great deal of potential. Maps is an absolutely remarkable song, as is Y Control and Modern Romance. Some of their stuff is just... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 6, 2009

One of my favorite albums

There isn't a whole lot of swearing in this album, even if it carries a Parental Advisory sticker. The tracks "Maps," "Y Control" and... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byrachelemae April 9, 2008

They are a good band

They use some swear words. But when they do it's in a more artistic form, and not just using it to be "cool".

What's the story?

The Brooklyn-based Yeah Yeah Yeahs might sound a whole lot like the band that rehearses in your garage -- the one with your kids in it. And though your kids might not play or sing as well as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, they just might write better songs. FEVER TO TELL brings us Karen O., an impressive lead singer who wraps her big voice around unimpressive lyrics, but her slightly hysterical edge grows tedious after a while. Nick Zinner is an accomplished and uninhibited guitarist with an ax to grind, and Brian Chase is a powerful, passionate drummer. But the songs are simplistic and monotonous, and the lyrics so self-consciously edgy that some sound like self-parody: \"We could do it to each other/we're like a sister and a brother\" could almost work as part of a Saturday Night Live sketch.

Is it any good?

There's a lot of potential here, if the Yeah Yeah Yeahs can learn to get over themselves and come up with some better material. If you're looking for what's good about Fever to Tell, it's probably its accessibility. If teenage rockers hear this CD and think, "I can do that," that's a good thing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how important it is that the integrity of the lyrics supports the quality of the music. In this case, the performers show a lot of talent in the way they sing and play their instruments, but weak lyrics bring down the end result.

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